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Violence Against Healthcare Workers, Explained | Incident Report 189

There are many causes for the current epidemic of violence against healthcare professionals, but some are less obvious than others. A live discussion. #silentnomore

Violence Against Healthcare Workers, Explained

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For Healthcare Professionals: “Talking to Patients About Using the Nutrition Facts Label”

One of the simplest ways patients can make daily decisions that have lasting impact is by using the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) on food and beverage packages. This video for health professionals is being made available through a collaboration between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). It provides background information and physician-to-patient role-playing scenarios for helping patients use the label to make healthy food choices. For more information on the NFL and to learn how to obtain continuing medical education credit from AMA, visit Food Safety and Nutrition Resources for Healthcare Professionals ( NOTE: FDA has issued final changes to update the Nutrition Facts Label for packaged foods. For more information, see Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label(

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How Can You Create a Healthy Healthcare Organization? Treat It Like a Patient!

How Can You Create a Healthy Healthcare Organization?  Treat It Like a Patient!

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Quality improvement should be a system-wide initiative. Many healthcare facilities
think of quality only as it applies to the clinical side. They concentrate on outcomes
defined by accrediting bodies such as JHACO. Many businesses are like this
too. However, the best organizations use quality tools throughout their
organization. I want to show you the benefits of doing so.

As a healthcare professional would you even think of just treating one part of the
body to keep a patient healthy? For instance, do you think that just by concentrating
on the heart that you can keep the rest of the body healthy? Certainly
not! Healthcare professionals know that to keep a body and mind healthy they must
concentrate on the whole body. That’s why we give patients regular physicals.

A healthcare facility or site is much like a human body. All parts much function well
to insure positive outcomes–patient health, a good bottom line, and time and staff
to get things done. A hospital is more than just the doctors and nurses. The
administrative staff and all other supporting staff are important too. For instance, in
a recent issue of Quality Progress an article highlighted a change in food delivery
which greatly impacted profit and patient satisfaction. The hospital decided to let
patients order food from a menu much like any commercial restaurant at any time
convenient to the patient and not too unreasonable for the hospital. They
responded to patient needs and wants and saved money doing so.

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Technology Helps in Healthcare Education

Technology Helps in Healthcare Education

Technology has now entered the world of healthcare. Before, healthcare professionals' only uses books just to learn the things about health, medicines, the human body, and such. They just see black and white pictures of microorganisms and other species. They need to read large, thick books just to get a grasp on all of the things about healthcare. But now, technology has offered healthcare professionals an easy way for them to understand everything that they need to know.

They are many advantages of integrating technology to healthcare. The most common of this is the use of interactive technology. Because of this, healthcare professionals can easily view the actual image of an organism that can only be seen in a microscope or camera lens. The images are transmitted in the computer and then show it with the use of a PowerPoint device, video presentation, or by just showing its images or picture.

Gone are the days that we uses chalk and whiteboard markers during our class discussion. Now, the use of interactive technology helps us to better view the subject matter over a wide screen such as a plasma TV or a projector. Some technology even allows us to draw directly on the presented objects. It also allows each student to have a digital copy of each presentation, which can be send thru mail.

Truly, technology has change the way education is given to healthcare professionals. This is one way of maximizing their knowledge and skill regarding to the field that they have taken up.

Another thing, with the latest herbal research and technology, there are lots of vitamins and supplements that have been developed and have help and been helping millions of buyers around the world in support of having healthy body and well-being. And it is a fact that vitamins and supplements make a lot difference, it has been helping lots of individuals in gaining healthy body.

Now that we are in a high-tech world, for sure more and more great things will soon pop up and can make things and life easier and better. Just see to it that, we always take good care of our health and keep taking the best vitamins and supplements that our body needs.

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Nursing as a Profession

Nursing is one of the noblest professions in the world, which reminds us of Florence Nightingale. In the healthcare sector, nurses play a leading role from the operating theatre to the general ward and form an integral part. The largest group of workers in the health sector is those in the nursing occupations as nurses and nursing assistants. With the expansion of the health industry, the demand for nurses is also increasing making the career very attractive. As knowledge based discipline devoted to the betterment of humanity, nursing has developed into an art as well.

Recognized as an altruistic behavior, this profession includes a wide range of responsibilities and candidates need to dedicate time, personal effort and most of all, determination in caring for people's well-being. As one of the most diverse of all healthcare professionals, it is all about blending together the science of today's health care practices with the art of caring.

Generally nurses are required for the bedside care of patients, but it changes with the qualification and the working environment. They starts with bedside care, gradually acquires specialized skills which helps them to manage special group of people like intensive care patients, psychiatric, pediatric, etc. They provide medical care for patients, take care of those needing surgery, accident and focuses on the patient's medical and emotional needs. Besides they need to provide medication, keep records of the patients' progress, help in setting up and operating medical equipment, administration and several other schedule tasks.

Scope in nursing career

There is a great scope in nursing career- it is at a time very interesting, rewarding and challenging. The quality of health care services is improving and raising the demands for skilled and specialized nurses. One can get employment in specialized fields like Surgical, Medical, ICU, Telemetry and ER. They can choose like to join the government or private hospitals, nursing homes, military services, orphanages, clinics, old age homes, industries and schools. Yet, this profession calls for dedication and long hours of work that includes night shifts and extension of duties in emergency cases.

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Damages Estimate Raised to over $900 Million in Kimberly-Clark/Halyard Health Lawsuit Following 60 Minutes Story on Company Failures; Countless Other Product Failures Currently Being Investigated, Announces Eagan Avenatti, LLP | Business Wire

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Based on information and documents uncovered within the last week, Eagan

Avenatti, LLP, a Southern California-based law firm, revised their

damages estimate this morning to $900 million in a class action lawsuit

pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of

California in Los Angeles against Halyard Health (NYSE: HYH) and

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB). In the lawsuit, the firm alleges

that the companies committed fraud in the marketing and selling of

certain of their protective medical gowns. In addition, the firm

announced that they have been actively investigating countless product

failures occurring within the companies’ surgical and infection

prevention division and expect to be filing additional cases shortly.

“Unfortunately, with each passing week, we are discovering that the

problems at Halyard are systemic. They reflect a decade of

non-compliance throughout Halyard’s surgical and infection prevention

division, which accounts for over $1 billion of revenue per year to the

company,” said lead attorney Michael Avenatti of Eagan Avenatti, LLP,

the law firm representing the Plaintiffs. “Documents recently uncovered

show that the product failures have plagued the company for years and

they have knowingly continued to place healthcare professionals at risk.

These failures are unfortunately not confined to surgical gowns and

healthcare professionals need to be very wary of Halyard products,”

added Avenatti.

“As the company’s abysmal defense of their conduct last night on 60

Minutes shows, they have a lot to hide. Why not simply sit and

answer all of Anderson Cooper’s questions truthfully? Why did the “team”

have to call “time” when faced with evidence they were trying to deceive

the American public,” questioned Avenatti. “The COO looked like a deer

in the headlights and could not get out of the chair fast enough. That

tells you all you need to know.”

In other developments following the 60 Minutes story:

1. The firm is demanding that Kimberly-Clark and Halyard agree to

publically release all documents they have produced in the lawsuit so

the American public and healthcare professionals can know the truth

about the companies’ testing and product failures. “They refuse to lift

the gag order on these documents for one simple reason – they are

devastating to the company,” stated Avenatti. “They know that if the

documents see the light of day, the company will go into a free fall. We

are demanding that the company agree to allow us to share the documents

with the public.”

2. The firm disclosed that as early as 2012, Kimberly-Clark knew the

gowns were failing testing on a monthly basis and yet did nothing. The

company also had its own tests commissioned in 2013 that confirmed the

gowns were failing at an alarming rate. Despite failing test after test,

neither Kimberly-Clark nor Halyard ever informed the FDA or healthcare

professionals. Instead, they continued to place healthcare workers at


3. The firm disclosed they have been in contact with congressional

investigators seeking information regarding Kimberly-Clark and Halyard’s

business practices. Hearings and governmental inquiries are expected in

the coming weeks.

4. The firm estimates that the financial fallout from the current case

together with upcoming litigation from other product failures could

approach $2 billion, an amount far in excess of Halyard’s ability to pay.

About Eagan Avenatti, LLP

Michael J. Avenatti, Esq. is a founding partner of Eagan Avenatti, LLP,

a firm of trial attorneys that specialize in litigating a variety of

complex civil litigation in courts throughout the United States. With

offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco, Eagan Avenatti,

LLP and its attorneys have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in

settlements and verdicts for plaintiffs nationwide.

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HealthStream and EBSCO Health Partner to Deliver Comprehensive Clinical Skills Development Program | Business Wire

HealthStream and EBSCO Health Partner to Deliver Comprehensive Clinical Skills Development Program | Business Wire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSTM), a leading provider of workforce,

patient experience, and provider solutions for the healthcare industry,

today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with

EBSCO Health to offer a unique Clinical Skills Development Program,

delivering innovative clinical competency solutions that meet a wide

range of clinical staff development needs. EBSCO Health is a leading

provider of evidence-based clinical information, healthcare business

intelligence, and peer-reviewed medical research tools for the

healthcare community. Together, HealthStream and EBSCO Health will

deliver its evidence-based skills and procedures content through

HealthStream’s mobile-ready platform and via EBSCO Health’s native app,

the Nursing Reference Center Plus, also

known as Clinical Skills Center™ and Clinical Decision Support™.

To minimize time to decision, Nursing Reference Center Plus is

fully integrated with EMRs.

HealthStream and EBSCO Health’s new Clinical Skills Development Program

can be used for learning and professional development, as well as for

reference purposes. This partnership fulfills the dual needs of

point-of-care access and professional development which has become

increasingly important for healthcare organizations. The more

comprehensive approach of the Clinical Skills Development Program

ensures that the development of clinical skills are aligned to key

organizational initiatives and available to frontline staff when and

where they need it.

Robert A. Frist, Jr., Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer,

HealthStream, commented, “Improving healthcare will always start with

those delivering the care—and that’s why HealthStream and EBSCO Health

are 100% committed to supporting healthcare professionals with the most

advanced, innovative, and accessible clinical knowledge and skills

training available anywhere. In fact, with EBSCO Health’s clinical

expertise and our expansive network and robust technology, we are

creating a new vision for improving clinical competencies—one that

expedites learning in the multiple modalities required by

outcomes-focused healthcare organizations.”

As part of the new program, EBSCO’s clinical skills will also be built

into HealthStream’s Checklist Management™ application to conveniently

provide the means to validate and document skills acquisition in one

central place, providing an automated audit trail for ease of

organizational reporting. Introduced last year, hundreds of thousands of

healthcare professionals currently subscribe and routinely use Checklist

Management within their respective healthcare organizations. More than

ever, supporting the accumulation of knowledge, development of skills,

and ultimate validation of competency outcomes is essential to providing

quality patient care, as well as meeting regulatory and accreditation

standards. The Joint Commission requires initial and ongoing competency

assessment and documentation on elements of performance.

EBSCO’s Clinical Skills Center and Decision Support resources include

more than 1,400 standardized skills and procedures across 50+ clinical

specialties, and over 17,000 evidence-based entries that cover a wide

range of clinical topics, as well as over 8,000 patient-teaching

handouts that can facilitate caregiver-patient communication. The

superior quality of EBSCO Health’s evidence-based clinical content has

been widely recognized in the healthcare industry, awarded by KLAS as

having the “highest overall performance,” according to their report, Clinical

Decision Support 2013: Sizing up the Competition.

“We are excited to provide EBSCO Health’s premium, unbiased and

evidence-based content to clinical staff through HealthStream’s

platform, the most widely adopted platform for workforce development in

healthcare, which is used by over 4.5 million healthcare professionals

with over 40 percent of them working as nurses” said Betsy Jones, Senior

Vice President of EBSCO Health. “Together, EBSCO Health and HealthStream

are offering healthcare professionals the best possible educational

solutions to ensure a competent and skilled clinical workforce, while

also delivering the best evidence-based point-of care-solution, which

is—as we all know—the key to quality patient care and improved outcomes.”

To learn more about HealthStream’s Clinical Competency Solutions, go to

About HealthStream

HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) is dedicated to improving patient outcomes

through the development of healthcare organizations’ greatest asset:

their people. Our unified suite of solutions is contracted by,

collectively, approximately 4.5 million healthcare employees in the U.S.

for workforce development, training & learning management, talent

management, performance assessment, and managing simulation-based

education programs. Our research solutions provide valuable insight to

healthcare providers to meet HCAHPS requirements, improve the patient

experience, engage their workforce, and enhance physician alignment. Our

provider solutions offer healthcare providers innovative tools to

support healthcare organizations in appropriately credentialing and

privileging their workforce. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthStream

has additional offices in Laurel, Maryland; Brentwood, Tennessee;

Pensacola, Florida; Jericho, New York; Boulder; Colorado; and San Diego,

California. For more information, visit

or call 800-933-9293.

About EBSCO Health

EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider

of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business

intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare

industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing,

and allied health. Flagship products include CINAHL®, DynaMed

Plus®, Nursing Reference Center™, clinical e-books and

e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®),

plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO databases are powered by EBSCOhost®,

the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve

risks and uncertainties regarding HealthStream. Investors are

cautioned that such results or events predicted in these statements may

differ materially from actual future events or results. This information

has been, or in the future may be, included in reliance on the “safe

harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of

1995. Investors are cautioned that such results or events predicted in

these statements may differ materially from actual future events or

results. The Company’s preliminary financial results, while presented

with numerical specificity, are forward-looking statements which are

based on a variety of assumptions regarding the Company’s operating

performance that may not be realized, and which are subject to

significant uncertainties and potential contingencies associated with

the Company’s financial and accounting procedures and other matters

referenced from time to time in the Company’s filings with the

Securities and Exchange Commission. Consequently, such forward-looking

information should not be regarded as a representation or warranty by

the Company that such projections will be realized.

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First National Biannual COPD Conference for Researchers, Healthcare Professionals Coming to the U.S. | Business Wire

First National Biannual COPD Conference for Researchers, Healthcare Professionals Coming to the U.S. | Business Wire

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Originally hosted in Europe on even calendar years, the COPD Conference

series for researchers and healthcare professionals is coming to the

U.S. for the first time. The COPD

Foundation is hosting the COPD7USA Conference, named after the

seventh COPD Conference held last summer in the U.K. COPD7USA

will be held on December 3rd and 4th at the

Crystal City Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Crystal

City, VA 22202.

“Our patient community needs new therapies, an improved relationship

with their providers, and a better quality of life” says John W. Walsh,

president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “This conference series

has proven to be an invaluable resource for experts across the world to

help the patient community with their needs, and for this reason, we are

proud to be hosting it in the States for the first time.”

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the world’s

largest healthcare concerns and its threat continues to worsen each

year. An estimated 24 million Americans live with COPD, and 210 million


World-leading researchers in the field will be present to give talks on

the building blocks of COPD research, challenges in treatment, best

practices for proper diagnosis and management of the disease,

characterizing phenotypes, and addressing comorbidities.

According to a 2006 survey sponsored by the COPD Foundation and National

Institutes of Health, almost half of men and women diagnosed with COPD

(48 percent and 46 percent respectively) reported having between six and

ten comorbidities. In a report released in December 2010 by the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COPD is listed as the third

leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death

in the world.

“We look forward to bringing the success of our biannual conference to

the U.S. for the first time this December,” says Robert Stockley, MD,

Professor of Medicine at the University Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. “At

this conference, healthcare professionals will learn about the different

approaches to treatment, challenges in diagnosis, managing comorbid

conditions, and the future of COPD care.”

The COPD Foundation has partnered with the University of Nebraska

Medical Center to provide continuing education credits to several

different categories of healthcare providers. This live activity has

been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. The University of

Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education

is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the

American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists will be

applied for through the American Association for Respiratory Care.

For additional information or to register for COPD7USA, visit the

conference website at

The COPD7USA Conference is being held in conjunction with the Second

National COPD Conference, hosted by the U.S.

COPD Coalition. This conference, being held on December 2nd

and 3rd at the same location, is focused on assessing the

progress that has been made in the COPD community since the first ever

National COPD Conference was held in 2003. Attendees of both conferences

will participate in a joint session the morning of the overlapping day

where they will discuss the global burden of COPD and the perspectives

of various public health and research agencies on how to reduce that

burden. More information about the Second National COPD Conference can

be found on the U.S. COPD Coalition’s website at

About COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause

of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality.

It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are

diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset

(refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and

chronic coughing. Visit

or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

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